Course crew are shrouded in snow as they slip slide to the finish after the women's giant slalom was postponed due to high winds at the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Yongpyong Alpine Center, Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The freezing cold is one thing, but the winds in Pyeongchang are throwing some of the athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics for a loop. There have been discussions about the safety of the athletes as the wind rages 70 km/hr. This is added on top of the -20 degrees C weather.


Events have been cancelled and postponed, such as the women’s giant slalom which was moved to Thursday with the men’s start. The snowboarding competition was severely affected: most were unable to complete a clean run due to the wind. All riders fell at some point in the competition.

For Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, it was a rough day as the wind prevented her from even completing her final run. It has been argued that these athletes should have gotten a chance to re-do the runs that were halted beyond their control.

 The International Ski Federation responded to athlete’s complaints about the danger of the wind, stating that “would never stage a competition” if it was unsafe for the athletes due to conditions.


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